Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

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The aroma of simmering tomatoes, herbs, and spices that fills the kitchen and sets your taste buds dancing with joy is what you can expect when you make this Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce. So, grab your apron and join me as we embark on a saucy adventure!

When you make your own sauce from scratch, you have complete control over the ingredients and flavors. You can customize the sauce to suit your taste preferences, adding more garlic, extra herbs, or a hint of spice. The result is a sauce bursting with fresh, vibrant flavors that will make your taste buds sing. Plus, it is super easy to do!

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Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Do you prefer a thick and chunky sauce or a smooth and velvety one? When you make it yourself, you have the power to control the consistency of your sauce. You can simmer it longer for a thicker texture or blend it to achieve a smoother finish. If your sauce gets too thick, simply add a little water to thin it out. It’s all up to you!

If you are vegetarian or just looking for a red sauce, you can omit the meat in this recipe and make a meatless sauce. I often make this sauce meatless and use it for a marinara sauce for pizza and calzones.

easy homemade spaghetti sauce in the pan


  • Lean ground beef
  • Garlic 
  • Crushed tomatoes 
  • Tomato sauce 
  • Dried parsley
  • Dried basil
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Pasta for serving

Keep scrolling to find a full, printable recipe with a detailed ingredient list.

Recipe Instructions

  1. Cook the Ground Beef: In a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat, cook the ground beef until it’s no longer pink and cooked through, breaking it up as it cooks for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add Garlic and Tomatoes: To the cooked beef, add the minced garlic and cook until fragrant, around 1 minute. Then, add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and fill the empty tomato sauce can with water. Pour the water into the skillet as well.
  3. Season the Sauce: Stir in the parsley, basil, oregano, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper.
  4. Simmer and Serve: Bring the mixture to a light simmer and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. Finally, serve the sauce over your favorite pasta.
easy homemade spaghetti sauce in the pan

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use ground turkey instead of ground beef in the sauce?

Absolutely! Ground turkey can be a great substitute for ground beef in spaghetti sauce. It will add a slightly different flavor profile, but it can still be delicious and healthier too.

How long should I simmer the sauce?

It is recommended to simmer the sauce for at least 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together. However, you can simmer it for longer if you prefer a thicker and more concentrated sauce. Just be sure to stir occasionally to prevent sticking or burning.

Can I make the sauce ahead of time?

Absolutely! In fact, homemade spaghetti sauce often tastes even better the next day as the flavors have more time to develop. Once the sauce has cooled, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. When you’re ready to serve, gently reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave.

What type of pasta works best with homemade spaghetti sauce?

The choice of pasta is entirely up to you. Classic choices like spaghetti, linguine, or fettuccine work well. However, feel free to experiment with different shapes like penne, rigatoni, or even homemade gnocchi. Ultimately, it’s about finding the pasta shape that you enjoy most with your homemade sauce.

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Easy Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

This homemade spaghetti sauce is a flavorful blend of savory ground beef, herbs, and tomatoes, perfect for elevating your pasta dishes to new heights.
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes, (28 ounce)
  • 1 can Tomato sauce, (8 ounce)
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound cooked pasta for serving


  • In a large skillet over medium to medium high heat, cook the hamburger until it is no longer pink and is cooked through, breaking it up as it cooks, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the garlic to the cooked hamburger and cook just until fragrant, about 1 minutes.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, the can of tomato sauce, and fill the small can of tomato sauce with water and add the can full of water to the pan as well.
  • Stir in the parsley, basil, oregano, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper,
  • Bring the mixture to a light simmer and simmer, stirring occasionally for 10-15 minutes.
  • Adjust the seasoning to taste and serve over your favorite pasta.


  • You can use sausage or even ground turkey in place of the ground beef in this recipe.
  • You can omit the meat in this recipe and make a meatless sauce. I often make this sauce meatless and use it for a marinara sauce for pizza and calzones.
  • You can adjust the thickness of this sauce with a little water. Just add a little water if it got thicker than you like, it’s typically a pretty thick sauce.
  • The nutrition facts include the pasta.


Serving: 1 of 4 servings, Calories: 584kcal, Carbohydrates: 87g, Protein: 39g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3g, Trans Fat: 0.4g, Cholesterol: 70mg, Sodium: 665mg, Potassium: 682mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 6IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 54mg, Iron: 5mg
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